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  1. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002CZVU0/ref=emc_b_5_t Used this on the Guild F-412 I had.
  2. Objective quantitative analysis, of a subjective qualitative challenge, was completely logical to some people and a belly laugh to others who don't limit logic. But, yea, to push logic (and milking a few more miles out of the joke) aside, it's good to know some of the previously faithful realize they've been duped. Doctrine comes in all flavors. However - The thought made me conjure up a conservative estimate of hours spent playing that exceeded the 10K. Meaningless as a number alone, it did make me question most of those hours as poorly spent. So, I think the proposition is more towards making the most of opportunity (in sheep's clothing).
  3. Black Holes. You just can't predict when and where they'll be.
  4. Sure. People who think a big name and expensive in a single sentence equate to quality in workmanship and sound are people who do not possess the playing and aural skills to judge a guitar. So, they weigh their decisions on forum-speak. And/Or, they buy sight unseen with high hopes of bagging a trophy but get a hyena. Look at the ads and notice all the used high end stuff out there that can be found in frequent forum discussions getting vaunted and lauded. People actually take that chatter seriously and buy based upon it. Much of it is simply parroted by people who, if I were a betting man, probably have never touched the stuff they hawk or even have the skills requisite to properly sampling such instruments. They just want to earn a place within the ranks of a forum camaraderie and pay the propaganda forward. It's been that way since I started reading these various forums in the way back.That's where the hype meets its match in personal disappointment and good guitars are tossed, almost literally, onto the market at prices that fetch quick sales and the end of the suffering. Then of course, there's the purchase that could not be afforded but went down anyway. The buyer has to sell for financial reasons and loses his shirt and pride.
  5. Thanks, DE. The forum upgrade took me by surprise. But, it looks like it's back and working (just like before).
  6. Well, if I was a betting man I'd have to let the odds set the opening wager. Intent not being in question; results have set the bar to-date. The good people then versus the good people now, being on a par for intent and commitment, communicated near identical messages prefacing the past transitions they ended up grappling with after the fact. I would think at this juncture that thinking is no longer needed because a proven application is well in hand. I implemented a known performance and feature-full application based upon the (hyperbole) advice of a company only to find out right before launch that I was getting only a fraction of the power and features previously shilled, for a mere 1/4-Mil. I ended up with a decent application but nowhere near the power that same money was supposed to buy. And, it was and still is loaded with errors that were misinterpretted at the flow-charting R&D stage that got bundled into that I have to pay to correct. My fault, I should have been involved at every stage of the programming. Has HC been involved throughout or just hanging its hat on promises? I wish you (us) luck.
  7. Congratulations. I think you'll do fine in the position and further your influence with the spirit that's carried you this far. Music, or artistic flux, is a natural ear-shaping influence in a turnstile from and to every point of the compass. I know I've taken and given back in my time with the art form's best interests in mind and spirit. I've always wished it could be more but I'm good with just the association and contribution of my limited development. I can't imagine anyone intimately close to music feeling much different. Charitably speaking, cast off instruments and gear are good symbols of unity when gifted away to their greater appreciation. I've done it several times, including lessons, with fleeting sighs of accomplishment that really do accrue. Again, congratulations on the new job.
  8. And, if memory serves, McClean also suggested that Holly was Holy - "And, the three men I admire mostThe father, son and the holy ghostThey took the last train for the coastThe day the music died." Furthermore, knowing now that McClean's jester is none other than Bob Dylan, has he condemned the man for his music? I have a problem with that part of the song and, though I didn't then and still don't typically delve into musical personalities, McClean solicits an opinion to that end. To me, McClean seems to be dismissing the panorama of music in Holly's periphery and, most importantly, dismissing music going forward from "The day the music died." as being cloaked beneath Holly's shadow. Was McClean's (described) "indescribable photograph of America" his perspective when Holly died and, if so, what of the decade+ of music between Holly's death and McClean's American Pie release? I think Even McClean can't deny that Holly was but a distant memory paling in greatness to the British Invasion that succeeded 50's rock and launched Boomer Music. I do get it that he was painting a picture of a musician's place holder in time, as he did with Vincent for the sake of another art form and its artist, so the kitchen pass is assumed, his song's solicited assumptions notwithstanding. American Pie, though, was a cause/effect form of writing and the Holly story supported the form of writing with great verbal visualizing. We could see his imagery. I'm a fan of Don McClean. I think of American Pie and his other thoughtful lyrics as word art, on their respective simple and engaging melodies, reminiscent of the troubadour one can easily conjure up when listening to him. As far a music living or dying, McClean's irony in American Pie would almost ask us to dismiss his own music in the shadow of Holly, but we know now he's illustrating Holly and his music as a building block even he took advantage of.
  9. Not a fan of the genre at all. I listened through the video selections in the article and if that's the show that went down at the CMA then the genre in hurting not only for identity. There was a time when it had roots and I respected it for that. The blues still sports its own, as does many other genres, but our country genre as decidedly and consciously forsaken its own by allowing the silent invasion of watered down talent that does not respect it. I mean that. Poor writing is simply poor writing, no matter how you stage it, and because it's a fragile genre, these invaders have had an easy time splintering it for their own purposes. Country is dead.
  10. The music business is, since I've been at arm's length with it, all business and little music. The time actually spent with music became so diminished in the overall requisite thought devoted to the alphabet soup of the business that the core became subordinated to the shell. I had to weigh my who to my what, in terms of the artistry versus business acumen, and decided to retain the who part. That meant bowing out completely. To me the obligation to make music enslaved the artistry to the extent of actually leaving a sour taste in my mouth for playing guitar. It became a guilty thought to play for recreation. Now I enjoy it and seek nothing more from it than that. I will consent to an occasional gig but it's exceedingly rare now that I don't gaze upon an audience as an ugly obligation.
  11. I can buy into that. But, I have to put it in the context of writing only. In the way back when I was learning cover licks, songs and progressing through the stages of learning on the coattails of published artists, I found a deep satisfaction for each small step. The overall of it culminated in achieving a plateau of the familiar and then moving on to the next, unfamiliar steps. It was then when I realized my influences were umbilicals and it was harder to break them than it was to make them. For me, the frustration of feeling like a minion to my early musical influences put me on a hiatus from playing. Life's coincidental challenges demanded more of my time so off I went away from music. Twenty-nine years later... I returned to music with renewed inspiration and a desire to pick up where I left off - writing. This is my time and it has its share of Frisson Experiences that I do not think (for me) I'd have known had I remained a cover player.
  12. Good story and an uplifting one. She has an articulated and welcome rawness in her vocal style that remains throughout her range. Very nice.
  13. Listening is an art form of little cognitive appreciation. We are all dispassionately reared by it, meaning, "From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen." (Cat Stevens - Father and Son). Or, commanded another way: "Pay attention!", and even though free, it did have the toll of the unspoken preface: "Shut-up and..." that left all who felt its inference in a lesser spirit. In music, though, I become a soldier for the art of listening. The (inner) ear commands the movement of the hands. It's strictly cart(ears)>horse(hands). In the forums I read the trend is to (obliviously) defer the ears to the eyes, meaning, listening has become a distant companion to learning, at best, as people buy their guitars, a chord chart and then begin seeking tablature. They want to play music immediately without aural training on the fret board. In a recent post on a forum I read about a man in his 60s who'd been playing for 40+ years. He said he had no idea what he was doing and could not create his own melodies. This man never trained his ear to listen. Without that skill the hands are without a director. Listening is crucial to creating music. If all a person cares to do is play by eye alone (tab/score) then they will be all the poorer for it.
  14. As I recall politics was a hot musical topic in lyrics when I was coming up from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through Neil Young and beyond so I can't say music and politics are strange bedfellows. Music is the voice of the people. I think Bruce Cockburn's song "If I had A Rocket Launcher" is an extreme sampling of politically driven musical angst. You can't isolate music from society and hold it up as a shining example of a utopian harmonizer that inarguably soothes the savage breast. It can't do that. And, despite our best efforts politics will always breach the ramparts of music's strongest defenses and taint the artisans within. I could plead for music to have that power over people but, reality being what it is, I tend to put my faith in people for who they are to avoid unwanted surprises. So, in the micro sense, I resolve some of my own life's disharmony with music and keep it free of social discord.
  15. A lifetime of playing guitar behind me I can say that the Gibson acoustic product line never got my ear, but I did hate to see it teeter on the brink of insolvency. I'm encouraged by this bit of news and will keep an eye on their progress.
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